Any mass dismissal of drug cases would raise questions about people who have been
convicted of narcotics offenses in San Francisco in recent years, as well as federal
cases that have been based on earlier San Francisco convictions. The fallout could be
limited, however, because drugs in closed cases that date from before 2008 have been
Discrepancies are alleged to exist between the weights recorded at the crime lab and retesting agencies, a problem that may signify, according to the Chronicle, additional dismissals:
"Based on what the district attorney's office knows about the issues within the
narcotics division of the crime lab, we cannot ethically go forward with this
prosecution," Assistant District Attorney Nancy Tung told a judge overseeing a case
that was serving as a test of how much police and prosecutors had to disclose to
defense attorneys about problems at the drug lab.
Brian Buckelew, a spokesman for District Attorney Kamala Harris, said prosecutors
are still considering what to do about the 750 pending drug cases in jeopardy because
of the lab's problems.